Saif Osmani

Visiting fellow/artist-in-residence

Saif is a Visiting fellow/artist-in-residence within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries.

Saif is an East London based visual artist and spatial designer. He has shown solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Asia. 

Academic background

With over 15 years of experience in the art and architecture fields, Saif has worked for leading design firms like Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Canary Wharf Group PLC on housing projects, high-rise mixed-use development schemes through to commercial marketing. 

He has lectured at Chelsea College of Art and Design and was previously a visiting tutor at the University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury). More recently, he has been involved with Greenwich University, UCL and Imperial College leading on interdisciplinary workshops, field visits and on showcasing an international touring exhibition from Taipei, Taiwan. 

Current research and collaborations

At the end of 2018, Saif curated a semi-outdoor exhibition involving local communities, academics and MA/PhD students at Loughborough University London called 'Connecting the two sides of Stratford'. He has a socially engaged arts practice that seeks to continually listen and engage with local communities in order to open dialogue and find solutions to collective concerns. 

Interests and activities

Saif is a keen advocate for the arts and in tracking the changes in the arts scene of London. He continues to represent cultural and community groups to change policies on the London Plan. 

He is on the board of a UK-based charity Friends of Street Children Bangladesh, Brady Garden (Brady Arts and Community Centre) and is currently the Secretary of Spitalfields Housing Association. 

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